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Chorus America champions the dedicated choral singer by developing online resources and tools to advance skills and promoting connections between singers. We recognize that choral singing is the most popular form of participation in the performing arts, that choral singers are active and engaged citizens, and that children who sing have greater academic success and social skills.

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Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

Building Community While Doing Research: the Community of Voices Senior Choir Project

A research project about the impact of choir participation on seniors' health builds momentum for lifelong singing.

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Research/Data, Singing

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Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

Member Spotlight: Joyce Garrett

“Choir is a tool for transforming lives.”

Kelsey Menehan | Diversity, Education, Schools, Singing

Joyce Garrett knew from a young age that she wanted to work with choirs. What she didn't realize was that this desire would lead her to change the lives of hundreds of high school students along the way.  Read more

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Community Sings

Community Sings

How to Get the Whole Room Singing

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing

Experienced song leaders share what they've learned about the special magic of bringing together a group of ordinary people in song. Read more

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One Anthem, One Country

One Anthem, One Country

Liza Beth | Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Singing

How Nelson Mandela shaped a national anthem that united South Africans in song. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Member Spotlight: Donald Schell, Music That Makes Community

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, Children/Youth, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Education, General, Health, Impact/Value, Innovation, Participation, Singing

Making music makes us human. So says Donald Schell, who along with his colleague Rick Fabian, leads Music That Makes Community, an organization that helps churches and other community groups break down the barriers to confident and nourishing group singing. Read more

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Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Improve Your Sight-Singing Before Your Next Audition

Shauna Fallihee | Adults/Seniors, Education, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool, Volunteer

For many choral singers, sight-singing is the scariest part of an audition. But with a little practice, you can get better at it. Here are some ideas to try before your next audition. Read more

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How Important is Sight-Singing?

How Important is Sight-Singing?

Kelsey Menehan | Conducting, Education, Singing, Technique/Tool

It’s a question many singers ask themselves, especially right before their chorus audition. What are conductors really looking for? Is it perfection? Read more

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Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Long-Tenured Singers: The Benefits Flow Both Ways

Kelsey Menehan | Adults/Seniors, History, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing

Long-time singers will happily list numerous ways that choral singing enhances their lives. When those singers stay with the same chorus for many years, the benefits flow both ways. We spoke with seven singers who have sung with the same chorus for two or more decades about their experience and its value. Read more

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Best Picture Nominees for People Who Love Choral Music

Best Picture Nominees for People Who Love Choral Music

Lauren Rosenthal | Impact/Value, Singing

Every year, the movie awards season celebrates the best in film and acting. This year, we compiled our own list of nominations: the top films that should be on every choral music lover’s must-see list. The suggestions we received range from new releases to classic films and from light entertainment to inspiring stories. How many of these movies have you seen? What other titles do you think should make the list? Read more

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Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Carrying on a Family Tradition of Carol Writing

Kelsey Menehan | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, General, History, Impact/Value, Participation, Performance, Profile, Repertoire

As a young girl, Abbie Betinis noticed that singing “Caroling, Caroling” during the holidays always brought tears to her grandpa’s eyes. Later she would learn that the famous carol was one of many composed by her great uncle Alfred Burt, who was carrying on a family tradition of carol writing begun by his father, the Rev. Bates Burt. In 2001, Betinis, by then a composer herself, decided to pick up the family carol writing tradition. Read more

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Resources

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Relaxing the Tongue

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how to train the powerful tongue muscle to cooperate with rather than hinder the singing process. Read more

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The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

The Choral Warm-Ups of Robert Shaw

Pamela Elrod Huffman | Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

Believing that the chorus was a corporate entity with a spirit of kinship, famed conductor Robert Shaw used the warm-up period to focus on matters of tuning, tone color, ensemble blend, acoustical conditions, and development of the dynamic palette. We've compiled several of his warm-ups. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Achieving Relaxed Alertness

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how being both relaxed and alert can bring greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Vocalizing To Release Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark guides a singer to notice and then release tension while vocalizing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Releasing Eye Tension

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how releasing tension around the eyes contributes to less effortful singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Opening the Throat

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates how opening the throat releases tension and allows for greater freedom in singing. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Centering with the Breath

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

The practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark demonstrates the use of breath to center and stabilize the singing process. Read more

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The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

The Feldenkrais Method for Singers—Introduction

Karen R Clark | Health, Singing, Technique/Tool

You know that freed-up feeling where it seems your body is singing itself? Singers yearn for more of that, but myriad stresses, tensions, confusions, and vocal issues can get in the way. Through a self-discovery process using movement, the practice of Feldenkrais can help singers perform with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. In this video series, Feldenkrais practitioner Karen Clark describes and demonstrates how this approach has helped her—and the singers she works with—release tension and find greater freedom in their singing. Read more

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Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Virtual Voice Lesson: The Farinelli Breath Exercises

Shauna Fallihee | Singing, Technique/Tool

Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli, was a famous, and wildly popular castrato of the early 1700s. One of the secrets to his magnificent voice was the seemingly unending stream of breath that supported it. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee demonstrates the breathing exercises Farinelli created to strengthen the intercostal muscles. Read more

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Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Warm-Ups for What Ails You: Lack of Breath Control

Rebecca Achenbach | Singing, Technique/Tool

Work on your breath control with these exercises from choral conductor and voice teacher Rebecca Achenbach. Read more

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Events

Rhinebeck Choral Club Open Invitation to Join

Rhinebeck Choral Club Open Invitation to Join

21 Ferncliff Drive, Rhinebeck NY 12572

Rhinebeck Chora... | Singing

The Rhinebeck Choral Club invites all Hudson Valley  voices and folks who love to Sing, to come and join our club this season Join on Wednesdays: Jan 14 & 21, 2015 at 7:30  pm At Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Home Auditorium 21 Ferncliff Drive, Rhinebeck NY  12572   For information phone Donna at (518) 537-2884 WWW.RHINEBECKCHORALCLUB.ORG Read more

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Huntington Choral Society open rehearsals

Huntington Choral Society open rehearsals

188 Oakwood Rd (McKay Rd) Huntington, NY 11743

Huntington Chor... | Adults/Seniors, Rehearsal, Singing

Do you love to sing? Come and audition for the Huntington Choral Society. We accept singers of all voices, but are in special need of tenors. (Was there ever a chorus that wasn’t?).   Read more

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GMChorale to Audition New Singers

GMChorale to Audition New Singers

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GMChorale will be auditioning new singers for their 2015 season. Read more

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Sing, Dance, Sparkle! Community Show Choir Looking for New Recruits

Sing, Dance, Sparkle! Community Show Choir Looking for New Recruits

Houston, TX

Houston Choral ... | Adults/Seniors, Diversity, General, Participation, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

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San Francisco Lyric Chorus 20th Anniversary Year Auditions--Spring 2015

San Francisco Lyric Chorus 20th Anniversary Year Auditions--Spring 2015

1668 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Helene Whitson | Adults/Seniors

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Music Director, Robert Gurney, invites singers to join us in Spring 2015 as we begin the celebration of our 20th Anniversary.  We have openings in all parts.  Auditions begin on Monday, January 5, at 6:15 p.m.   Sopranos, Tenors and Basses especially are needed. Read more

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“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

18 Bevidere St. / Boston, MA

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  Composers including James Woodman and Carson Cooman give voice to the exquisite beauty of the written word of poets such as George Herbert, John Donne, and others. For more information, visit www.seraphimsingers.org. 0 0 1 15 87 Seraphim Singers 1 1 101 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Read more

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“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

“For heaven is a different thing”: Choral Settings of Sacred Poetry

11 Garden Street / Cambridge, MA

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  Composers including James Woodman and Carson Cooman give voice to the exquisite beauty of the written word of poets such as George Herbert, John Donne, and others. For more information, visit www.seraphimsingers.org.       Read more

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The Eastern Star - Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert

The Eastern Star - Oak Park Concert Chorale Christmas Concert

Melrose Park, IL

Oak Park Concer... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Performance

The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present The Eastern Star on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:00pm, at  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 West Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL. General Admission is $18; Seniors/Students are $10. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.383.4742 or email info@OakParkConcertChorale.org. For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org.   Join OPCC for an evening of choral gems to herald the Christmas Season. This exciting concert highlights the work of seven Chicago area composers. Featured will be the premiere of new compositions by Harvey Hahn (Cary) and Rowen Bell (Oak Park). Pieces by Carl Schalk (Melrose Park), Paul Bouman (Oak Park), Paul Lindblad (Des Plaines), the late Richard Hillert (Melrose Park), and the late Victor Hildner (Oak Park) will also be showcased.   Come celebrate with us. Read more

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A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO: Introducing #ChoraleYou

A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO: Introducing #ChoraleYou

1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102

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  Take 6 joins the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for “A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO” December 13–14 in Newark and New Brunswick. The NJSO POPS series opener will feature the 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocal sextet, who will bring their patented fusion of R&B, gospel and pop on a program of Christmas favorites including “Joy to the World” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Joseph Joubert conducts. The NJSO invites attendees of “A Take 6 Holiday with the NJSO” on December 13 to join fellow audience members and members of the NJSO to sing the “Gospel Hallelujah” at the first-ever #ChoraleYou—a massive “sing-in” in the lobby following the Orchestra’s holiday pops concert with legendary Grammy-winning ensemble Take 6. Read more

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"O Mystical Journey" Choral Concert

"O Mystical Journey" Choral Concert

Morristown, NJ 07960

Harmonium Chora... | Performance, Singing

  Harmonium Choral Society performs a collage of settings of three of the Great O Antiphons plus otherworldly compositions by Hallock, Pärt, Willan, Bruckner, Gretchaninoff, Chilcott, Tavener and others.  Guest artists Kris Lamb on flute and Joshua Stafford on organ.  Four-concert subscriptions are $50-$70; single December general admission tickets are $20-$30. Read more

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Dialogue

Questions During Rehearsal?

Questions During Rehearsal?

Anonymous | Rehearsal, Singing

Singers, does your conductor allow questions during rehearsal? What are the pros and cons from your perspective? Read more

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